Jul 25, 2018

I’m from the school of thought that believes there are two kinds of people: those who like Fugazi, and those who are wrong. Call it bias if you will, but from the moment I heard ex-Fugazi members Joe Lally and Brendan Canty were teaming up on a new musical project, I was on board before I’d heard a single note. Their all-instrumental band The Messthetics, with guitarist Anthony Pirog, does not disappoint. It’s impossible to not draw parallels between their current project, and Fugazi, but the Messthetics are more than merely Fugazi Part II. The instrumental nature allows Lally, Canty, and Pirog to focus entirely on musicianship and craft songs that are simultaneously technical, wild, and beautiful. The result is some of the most nuanced, and damn catchy tunes you’re liable to hear this year. –Paul J. Comeau (Dischord)